CHAMPCAR/CART: Denver: Honda Saturday qualifying report

Fernandez duo lead Honda Denver qualifying. Fernandez Racing teammates Adrian Fernandez and Shinji Nakano will start second and third in tomorrow's inaugural Shell Grand Prix of Denver, leading Honda-powered qualifiers today on the new street ...

Fernandez duo lead Honda Denver qualifying.

Fernandez Racing teammates Adrian Fernandez and Shinji Nakano will start second and third in tomorrow's inaugural Shell Grand Prix of Denver, leading Honda-powered qualifiers today on the new street circuit around the Pepsi Center in downtown Denver, Colorado.

Owner/driver Fernandez will start on the outside of the front row as a result of posting the fastest time in Friday's first-round qualifying. Meanwhile Nakano will have his best-ever CART FedEx Championship Series starting position with the next-fastest time this weekend. Prior to this weekend, the Japanese Formula One veteran's top qualifying effort was sixth, earlier this year at the Milwaukee Mile oval.

Tony Kanaan, third quickest on Friday, dropped back to ninth overall today, complaining of a loss of "grip" (traction) aboard his Mo Nunn Racing Honda. All three Team Green drivers continued to struggle with similar handling problems, leaving Dario Franchitti 14th, just ahead of Paul Tracy, with Michael Andretti 17th in the field.

Tomorrow's 100-lap race takes place at 3:00 p.m. EDT, with live television coverage on the Speed Channel network.

Adrian Fernandez (#51 Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex/Fernandez Racing Honda) Qualified 2nd: "I think tomorrow's race will be one of the toughest we will run all year. The track surface is slick and bumpy, but that is not too unusual for a street circuit. But the high altitude here will be very hard on the brakes and engine temperatures. We will be spending a lot of time tonight preparing for the conditions we expect tomorrow."

-honda-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Michael Andretti , Adrian Fernandez , Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti , Tony Kanaan , Shinji Nakano , Mo Nunn